Tim W. Ferguson

Over 40 years in journalism, I have tackled specialties ranging from Asian business to mutual funds to criminal justice. I’ve written hundreds of articles and edited many more than that. I try to apply principles of economics (such as allocation of scarce resources) to all of my work.

A current, longer project examines changes in land-use policies of the South Fork of Long Island from 1970-2000, as development and preservation collided, and how those actions shaped life today in “The Hamptons.”

Battle Lines Over Single-Family Zoning

On both the libertarian right and the progressive left, the cause of ‘affordable housing’ is dividing political camps when it comes to legislation like California’s SB9.


The Left’s Long March Against Coors

‘Brewing a Boycott’ describes 30 years of shunning with a flat result.


Medicare Taxes as a Guide to Progressive Social Security

If the Democrats sweep Washington this November, attempts to reduce inequality are likely to include altering the iconic middle-class retirement program. Some unfamiliar history suggests how.


Help Preserve the Local News… All of It

Initiatives such as Report for America are tackling the crisis of local (and state) journalism, which has seen the rapid depletion of reporting ranks at newspapers and other media across the country. 

screen-shot-2020-07-08-at-11.21.39-amWho Will Pay for All Those Empty Stadiums? 

For years, economists have cautioned — well, scolded — that the common practice of financing sports venues with taxpayer-backed bonds was buying trouble.

Screen Shot 2020-06-29 at 7.57.02 PMAsian Review: More $000s Than Heroes Of Late

At this fall’s Forbes Global CEO Conference in Bangkok, I asked a panel of wisemen: Where is the transformative national leader of our day, akin to Lee Kuan Yew in 1960s Singapore or (forgetting Tiananmen) Deng Xiaoping in China?

Screen Shot 2020-06-29 at 7.58.58 PMIt’s a Dog’s Life — You Wish

The 1970s were infamously the time in which the U.S. middle class began its long decline. But while their version of the American Dream has been going to the dogs since, the fate of pet canines in many of those same homes has vastly improved.

Current Research

Beach Houses – Summer in the Hamptons, USAThe Shaping of the Modern Hamptons

From 1967, when a legislative ally of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller
successfully carried a bill to extend the Sunrise Highway through the undisturbed farm-woodlands belt of the Hamptons to Amagansett, to 1999, when the Community Preservation Fund became law to preserve open space on Long Island’s East End through a surtax on property sales, a political and policy revolution reset the priorities of one of America’s choicest locales. This is a story of what wasn’t built–including that highway–as well as what was. 

Let’s work together.